The word I would use to describe the love gods' influence this month is 'cunning', unable to get in by one door so using the other door instead. For the first time since October 2013 you have a month where there is no planetary or cosmic activity in your relationship sector, apart from the Moon's monthly visit, something that is the bare minimum you can expect. While Mars' departure from your relationship sector in early January left you and your relationships on your own, with over 2 years of constant support from the relationship gods this has left you with a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. To be quite honest this is a relief, for when there is focus on your relationships there is going to be pressure, with a chance now for your relationships to move into a new phase, one that is more about the journey. This is the perfect opportunity for a romantic comeback, except that there is no planetary activity in your romantic sector at this time of year. This is when the love gods get cunning, for while the Moon's monthly visit to your romantic sector from the 20th February to the 23rd February will bring a brief romantic interlude, matters of the heart are getting a major boost from another quarter. On the 9th February we usher in the Year of the Monkey, a year that is set to be especially romantically charged for all Aries. Simply by being born with your Sun in Aries, this opens the door to a romantically charged year, one that begins 6 months to the day since lucky Jupiter left your romantic sector last August. There'll be a chance to take care of any relationship housekeeping during the Moon's monthly visit to your relationship sector, from the 5th February to the 28th February.
You've got a big month on your hands for both romantic and relationship matters, which presents a bit of a problem. February is the month when the professional gods will always come together to give your new professional year a push, with a need to keep your professional hat on the whole month, creating some balance issues. This is a problem we would all like to have and it's one you shouldn't have too much problem adjusting to, despite the fact that this is something you haven't faced in several years. The Sun will always spend the first 3 weeks of February in your career sector, but it's been 12 years since you have had lucky Jupiter in your romantic sector and even longer since this came with the support it does. With Mars spending the whole month in your relationship sector, your relationships will need your attention as well. Yet chances are, you've had plenty of practice juggling the right balance between work and play over recent months, enough to know how to manage your time effectively. With Jupiter in retrograde motion in your romantic sector the doors are open to second chances, with an opportunity to make up for lost time, but also to learn from the past. With luck and fate at work, you'll find that keeping your professional hats on 24/7 is not an option. It's the Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 23rd to the 25th February that will create the most romantically charged days of the month, especially because of the Full Moon this will trigger. In the meantime, the Moon will start and end the month in your relationship sector, bringing a potent mix of emotion and passion together, just as Mars has you ready to fight for what you want.
Thanks to the fact that the Sun and Mercury both moved through your relationship sector in the later weeks of 2015 and Venus, planet of love spent the early weeks of 2016 here, you've got a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, as the focus shifts to the journey itself. Venus only left your relationship sector on the 24th January and with Saturn spending his first full month back on his own and his last full month in direct motion, before turning retrograde next month, there is a chance to take all that has passed under the bridge over recent months and use that as a starting point. With Saturn in your relationship sector until the end of next year you are being taken through a relationship boot camp, but while you're being asked to invest more and deal with relationship issues head on, you also have the support to create something real, solid and ensuring. The Moon's visit to your relationship sector from the 3rd February to the 5th February might push some buttons and evoke some strong emotional responses, but this will draw your attention to the things that need addressing. More importantly, this will bring a reminder of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. This happens just as you're experiencing your first full month since October 2014 with no planetary activity in your romantic sector since Mars left early last month, with the Moon's visit from the 25th February to the 28th February a chance to top up on the romantic sentiment this will trigger. However, matters of the heart aren't entirely stranded, for until leaving a passionate part of your chart on the 17th February Venus will be working to keep your romantic passions burning and from the 17th February will be working to bring the spirit of romance and adventure together.
Another month and still romantic and relationship forces are competing for your attention and it looks like that will remain the case for much of the first half of 2016. Romantic forces will have usually run their course by December each year and relationship forces by the end of January, yet both are not only still in force but becoming stronger. With Mars spending the whole of February in your romantic sector, rather than the spirit of romance going off the boil it is fighting back with a new sense of resolve. Due to leave early next month but then return for a double dip visit just a few months later, the planet of passion and the warrior planet of the cosmos is determined to keep your romantic passions and the romantic flame burning. That you start and end the month with the Moon in your romantic sector will give him and the spirit of romance a real boost. At the same time, while the focus is still on your relationships the relationship housekeeping that takes place each January is over and Venus and Mercury, the planets of love and communication are staying on to put your relationships in the best possible position for the journey ahead. Until leaving your relationship sector on Valentine's Day Mercury is determined to see the communication lines open on the relationship front, something he's been working towards since early December. Until she leaves your relationship sector on the 17th February Venus is working to cement your desires and expectations, knowing that when she leaves it really will become all about the journey. Yet a partnership between communication and relationship forces will prevail, with plenty of support for the journey ahead.
Thanks to the fact that you not only moved into the New Year with Venus, planet of love in your romantic sector but she spent the first 24 days of the year here, you've been able to start the year with the spirit of romance in play, your heart engaged and a clear sense of what you want from love moving forward. While Venus has moved on it's the time that she spent with Saturn that gives this powerful planet something to watch over and police, something he'll take seriously for the rest of this year and right through to the end of next year. Knowing what you want from love comes with a commitment to doing your part, something you won't be able to shy away from this year. However, for the most part romantic forces will now operate in the background, focused more on the journey. This allows your relationships to have their turn, especially as February is always the month that the solar spotlight will always fall on your relationships. When the Sun returned last month your annual relationship review had a head start, thanks to the week that Mercury had already spent in your relationship sector early last month and the time spent over the course of 2015 updating your relationship needs and priorities. While Mercury will return to your relationship sector on Valentine's Day, getting back to the job of making sure the communication lines are open and Venus, planet of love will return on the 17th February to bring her special magic into play, neither will be here when a New Moon on the 9th February offers a chance for a fresh start and new beginnings. This is too early to commit to anything specific, but it is a valuable chance to commit to your relationships and the journey ahead.
Another month and still romantic and relationship forces are still vying for your attention and the reality is that it will stay that way for the rest of the year. What you have this month is the normal shift to your relationships that happens every February coming into play a little earlier than usual, while romantic forces that usually run their course by late January are still in play. Yet with forces in play on both fronts all year for several years now and for several years to come, you should know how to either balance romantic or relationship forces or have them work nicely together. While the Sun will return to your relationship sector on the 19th February to begin your annual relationship review, Ceres' return late last month has already woken the planets that are on all year round duty, with a chance to get in first and spend time redefining your relationship needs and priorities. By the end of the month your annual relationship review will be underway and the romantic push will be over, making it important to embrace a sense of romance while you can, especially with Venus, planet of love spending Valentine's Day in your romantic sector. Until she leaves on the 17th February Venus will be doing all she can to make up for the lack of time she spent here last year and to fuel the romantic desires and expectations that will keep the spirit of romance alive throughout the coming year. Until he leaves on Valentine's Day Mercury will be working to give your heart a voice, something he's been working towards since early December. On both the romantic and relationship fronts activity this month is tapping into something a lot more permanent, waking you up to what you already knew or have. More important than ever is a balance between your personal and relationship needs.
The love and relationship gods have something special this year, with a mix of the norm and the exceptional in play. With Uranus in your relationship sector for several years now and the Sun always spending the first 3 weeks of February in your romantic sector the focus will always be on both your relationships and matters of the heart at this time of year, but that's where the similarities with other years end. It was just last month that the pressure came off your relationships, with February your first full month since October 2013 where there is nothing fuelling any personal and/or relationship tension. That on its own would be enough, but with support on the communication front this is a chance for a real turnaround. While the Sun will return to your relationship sector later next month, you've already got a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. From this point on you can expect an improving relationship situation, with growing support on the communication front. The Moon's first visit to your relationship sector from the 11th February to the 14th February will bring a chance to give your relationships a voice. In the meantime, while you'll move into the month with the Sun in your romantic sector and a New Moon on the 9th February will offer an opportunity for a fresh start and new beginnings, it's on Valentine's Day that things get exciting. Mercury's return to your romantic sector on the 14th February will give your heart a voice and put heart and mind on the same page, while Venus' return on the 17th February will kick off the most romantically charged weeks of 2016, and you'll get a second helping later in the year.
While the Sun's return to your romantic sector on the 19th February will always ensure that the solar spotlight will fall on matters of the heart and on all things romantic at this time every year, long before then it's clear that something special is building. It wasn't just Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system' return to your romantic sector late last month that creates a magical energy, but the fact that she has reunited with dreamy Neptune. When Neptune first returned to your romantic sector in 2012 Ceres was there to greet him, spending several months fuelling new romantic dreams and getting to the heart of your romantic needs and priorities. This is the first time that Ceres has returned since then and with so much water having passed under the bridge over the last 4 years, this is a chance to revisit the romantic dreams, fantasies and aspirations fuelled back then but possibly forgotten. With the Sun not returning to your romantic sector until the 19th February and Venus and Mercury not returning until next month, there will be plenty of support over the coming months to turn romantic dreams into reality. In the early weeks of the month the love gods are more focused on rebuilding your romantic confidence and breathing new life into old romantic dreams. In the meantime, with no direct support for your relationships it's all about having the communication lines open. The Moon's return to your relationship sector from the 14th February to the 17th February might push some buttons and evoke some strong emotional responses, with Mercury leaving your communication sector on Valentine's Day and Venus on the 17th February, the timing couldn't be better. With the Moon in your relationship sector during Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships final days in your relationship sector, there'll be a chance to give your heart, emotional responses and relationships a voice, with a real breakthrough possible.
While, apart from the Moon's monthly visit to your relationship sector, there is no focus on your relationships this month and romantic forces in play seem content to operate behind the scenes, there is a new sense of confidence on both fronts. The tide began turning on the romantic front on Boxing Day and in the early days of January the roadblocks of the past moved aside, revealing a much clearer and exciting path forward. Since then the love gods have been more focused on rebuilding your romantic confidence, knowing that it's in March that the most romantically charged months of 2016 will begin. It's the Moon's visit to your romantic sector from the 11th February to the 14th February that provides the perfect lead up to Valentine's Day, with an alignment with Uranus on the 13th February triggering the potential for unexpected and serendipitous moments. However, if all this does is wake you up to a sense of what's possible then it's done its job, providing extra incentive to make your life as love friendly as possible, ahead of next month's romantic developments. In the meantime, while the Moon's monthly visit to your relationship sector from the 16th February to the 18th February is the only time the spotlight is on your relationships, there is support all month on the communication front and even more so during the Moon's visit. With the Sun in your communication sector until the 19th February, Mercury here from Valentine's Day and Venus from the 17th February, between them your relationships will be supported all month and especially during those crucial days when the Moon is fuelling your emotional responses and potentially pushing some buttons.
By this time last year Venus, planet of love had not only left your sign, she had spent less than 76 hours here, in the early days of 2015 grabbing just the very tail end of what was effectively her 2014 visit. This year she's making up for lost time, for having returned last month she'll not only remain here until the 17th February, putting her here on Valentine's Day, but will return later in the year for a second visit. With the most romantically charged weeks of 2016 still a few months away, but your birthday month already over, Venus has returned on a special mission to rebuild your romantic confidence and update your romantic desires and expectations for the coming year. With Mercury, planet of communication not only in your sign until the 14th February but having returned over 2 months ago for what should have been a 15 day visit, he's having a big influence on both the romantic and relationship fronts. With Mercury here to support Venus as she fuels your romantic desires and expectations, together they bring a chance to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. Where Venus fuels a sense of what's possible and brings the spirit of romance into play, Mercury is able to give that a voice and help you turn that into some concrete intentions. It's not just Venus, planet of love that will be in your romantic sector on Valentine's Day but the Moon as well. Returning on the 14th February and staying on until the 16th February the Moon will ensure there are romantically charged lunar vibes in play during Venus' final days in Capricorn. In the meantime, until leaving your sign on the 14th February, Mercury will be working to keep the communication lines open, especially on the relationship front.
Both matters of the heart and your relationships get a special boost this month and in retrograde motion it's in the days just after Valentine's Day that things spring into life, while your relationships get an unexpected boost just days earlier. To start with things are fairly low key on both fronts and despite the fact that your birthday month and new solar year is underway, it's a sense of romantic nostalgia that is likely to dominate. Due to return to your sign on the 17th February Venus is making the most of her final weeks in a nostalgic part of your chart, where she's taking your heart on a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. Things start to stir on the 16th February, with the Moon returning to your romantic sector just a day before Venus, planet of love is due to return to your sign, kicking off some of the most romantically charged weeks of the year and an opportunity for new beginnings. With the Moon in your romantic sector from the 16th February to the 18th February and Venus returning to Aquarius on the 17th February, romantically charged lunar vibes will be there to greet her from the get go, as well as during the final hours of a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. In the final days of your birthday month the spirit of romance will spring into life, along with a new sense of anticipation for what the future holds. It's your relationships that get an unexpected boost, with the Chinese New Year on the 9th February ushering in the Year of the Monkey, a year that for Aquarians is an especially auspicious year for relationship matters. It seems that the love and relationship gods are smiling on you this month and about time.
While for the most part it's business as usual, as you reach the halfway point in Jupiter's year long visit to your relationship sector you're moving into yet another phase in the journey. In his first full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector Jupiter is taking you on a trip back down memory lane, with an opportunity for a do over, to appreciate in hindsight what you didn't appreciate then and in the process open the doors to second chances. Aligned with the North Node, who is keeping an eye on the future, this brings the element of luck and fate into play, while holding the doors open to the past and second chances. However, as you've learned by now all this comes at a cost, with any personal and/or relationship tension created revealing shortcomings when it comes to a balance between your personal and relationship needs. It was the return to your sign of one very small planet in the closing days of January that could be having a positive or a negative impact, at least on face value. Ceres, dwarf planet and goddess of the solar system returned to your sign late last month and until leaving in April is on a mission to rekindle your personal dreams, needs and aspirations. The impact on your relationships will depend on the work you've already done to create a balance between your personal and relationship needs and how much work there is still to be done. When your birthday month and new solar year begins on the 19th February this may also put pressure on your relationships, but all this is your own needs refusing to be pushed aside because of your relationship needs and vice versa. What this is really, is a chance for both personal and relationship growth and authenticity. There'll be some romantic respite during the Moon's monthly visit to your romantic sector, from the 18th February to the 20th February.